It doesn’t take long to fall in love with an Italian city. But I have to share how I fell in love with Genova. This historic port city in Liguria was one of my top places to visit in the winter of 2018. Genova is an underrated gem in the region of Liguria that is filled with delicious things to eat and interesting things to do. I only had a few hours to see the city and I wasn’t complaining.
How I fell in love with Genova
Famous for spectacular views of the sea and it’s endless line of palazzi, Genova is known for being vibrant with it’s historic shops, delicious food and rugged caruggi (streets). If you don’t already know, Genova is historically important because it is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus!
Additionally, it has a line of mouth watering simple food up its alley! Every corner of Genova speaks food. If you’re traveling to the city, don’t miss the focaccia (needs no introduction), farinata (flatbread made of chickpea, water and olive oil) and the fresh seafood.
Here are some pictures to show you all that yummy-ness and also all how I fell in love with Genova.
If you have a few hours in Genova, don’t come with any agenda except to wander around and eat. Furthermore, read this blog post by Slow Italy and find yourself uncovering the city layer by layer.
What to See in Genova (choose!):
- Piazza de Ferrari
- Palazzo San Giorgi
- Palazzo Reale
- Port of Genova
- Piazza dei Trugoli di Santa Brigida
- Cathedral of San Lorenzo
- Le Strade Nuove
Where to Eat in Genova:
- Cantiere Goloso for delicious Focaccia: Piazza delle Fontane Marose 5
- Sà Pesta for a no frills service and sumptuous farinata: Via dei Giustiniani, 16/R
- Bar Cavo for coffee: Via Balbi, 169 r
- Pasticceria Klainguti for more coffee and pastries: Piazza di Soziglia, 98
- Gelateria Profumo: Vico Superiore del Ferro, 14
Additionally, my personal suggestion is to eat anything with “PESTO” in it. I personally found the area around the San Lorenzo Cathedral costlier than most so I strongly suggest anywhere but there! Genova is wildly underrated and fascinating!
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